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to barbara for a moment, barbara starr, our pentagon correspondent. what kind of feedback are you getting from folks over at the pentagon, barbara? >> reporter: well, at the pentagon, wolf, they know one of the major issues that chuck hagel is walking into when he comes there will be the budget, how to cut defense spending. and, you know, this is not -- this is a pentagon political issue inside the corridors of the pentagon. it requires managed expertise. does the secretary of defense really understand where the various political levers are in the pentagon that he needs to work on? where the influence is? how a budget is formed? who has the power? inside the military, in this very complex process and can he impact it? when you hire a secretary of defense, to some large extent you are hiring someone for that management expertise. the pentagon is one of the largest organizations in the world, and you need somebody who knows how to run it. that's what a secretary of defense does. the other big issue that he's walking into that people will be watching very closely, how he will advise on commi
pentagon correspondent chris lawrence has that story. >> reporter: it's a new frontier for female sailors. submerged for months, no sun, no space, no sleep. lieutenant marvek one of the first women to qualify for submarine duty. everything you expected? >> i got a lot less sleep than i imagined i would. >> reporter: we met her a few years ago when she went by her maiden name, reid. she was a cadet at the naval academy when the pentagon opened subduty to women. >> at the time, i was flying. i was a pilot. selected to be a pilot after graduation. >> reporter: she decided her future was under the water, not soaring above it. she wasn't afraid of breaking a barrier. >> i see us just being like our male counterparts and i think we'll be accepted the same way. >> reporter: we reminded her of what she said then and read some of the reaction from fellow and former sailors. way to go. welcome to the pride of the fleet. wear those gold dolphins proudly. also, this is about giving feminists what they want. glad i got my dolphins pinned on and keep the eye candy upwardly mobile. >> there's always goi
don lemon why his organization thinks hagel is the wrong man for the pentagon's top job. >> this is a guy who's going to be in charge of ensuring implementation of open service takes place, he has a negave record on that, and i'm not just talking about one comment he made toward a former nominee, ambassador hormel. when it comes to iran, very weak. left of president obama when it comes to economic sanctions or imposing sanctions on tehran to prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons. and finally, not strong on nuclear weapons with israel. regardless of where you lie, pick your poison, it's a perfect storm for why he should not be secretary of defense. to use an army ka locloak weali he's a no go. >> he's independent, has wonderful fresh ideas to try to reengage the discussion about the middle east. i've known him before he went -- he was interested before he ran for the senate to learn more from me, grew up in israel and it was an amazing relationship, it started developing in the last 20 years, and i think that i support him wholeheartedly. >>> coming up at the half hour
to lead the pentagon. there was a question of whether any republican would actually put a hold on the nomination. >> some said they will vote against it. >> yes, but putting a hold on it would be a very rare thing and the white house would not be about to nominate him if they didn't think he could actually make it through the senate. whatty we are learning is the white house hold senior members of congress to expect the nomination. >> you have serious questions. chuck hegel did endorse the president in 2008 and 2012. >> that are created consternation for john mccain who had been very, very close to chuck hegel in the senate as fellow republican. i think that they have a distance to go. not only with republicans by the way, but with democrats who really are feeling the heat from the pro israel hob lobby who would not support chuck hegel. not only is joe biden comfortable, but the president himself knows chuck hegel well and serves on the intelligence advisory board and it's clear they established a relationship. >> word that the headline out of what we were just talking about is
it to you. >> why does the president want to down size the pentagon, the defense department? why does he want to do that? >> because obama has this ideological vision of america as a super power, too big for its britches and it's a power that's thrown itself around the world. he talked about it in his initial tour of the world, and that it does not sort of have the moral standing to be the great power it was, leading where it was, choosing where and when and he wants to cut it down to size. >> megyn: that was charles krauthammer making the argument to our own bill o'reilly, that president obama is forming his second term policy that america needs to down size its global presence or as he put it, mr. krauthammer, he thinks america, mr. obama does, is too big for its britches. and here is tucker carlson, a fox news contributor, and julie, and ray. what's the evidence of that? >> the evidence that the president sees the united states in world terms is everywhere you see it in the budget negotiations the reason the republicans are so thrown off. divided and disspirited. mostly they're confus
are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon, little if any. i think it's an incredibly controversial choice and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in your face term. >> foreign affairs correspondent jill dougherty is live from washington this morning. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> opposition to hagel comes from the right and left. can you break down the issues? >> yeah. i think it has to really start with israel because the people who believe that he is not a supporter of israel, in fact, they would question his devotion to anything that would help israel. he, for instance, believes in talking to hamas. he also has come out against iran sanctions by the united states. and so that gets other people very worried about his position. he opposed the surge in afghanistan. and when you get into that issue, the gay issue, so called, about 14 years ago he made some comments about an ambassadorial nomination who as he put it was openly and aggressively gay. now that's, of course, a buzz saw of criticism. so it's not
regarding pentagon. i think it is a controversial choice. a >> speaking to meet the press last month, president obama defended senator hagel's record. >> i know chuck hagel. he is a patriot. he is someone who has done extraordinary work in the united states senate. he served this country with valor in vietnam. he is someone who is currently serving on my intelligence advisory board and doing an outstanding job. >> to talk more about the nomination of chuck hagel as secretary of defense, we are joined now by ali gharib writes a middle east blog on the daily beast website. welcome to "democracy now!" talk about the controversy around hagel's in in today by president obama or nominated. >> they floated -- the administration floated his name last month and there's been a firestorm of criticism since then that is come mostly from right-wing republicans, but also a little from pro-israel democratics that is based around his views on israel, iran, some comments he made about a decade ago about a gay nominee to the ambassador the last to be ambassador, and just general right wing republican
from defense spending to what to do about iran's nuclear program. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. >>> quiet in steubenville, ohio, today after days of media coverage centering on the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl. both sides are preparing their case for a february 13th trial inform a case that has divided the small ohio town. the two 16-year-old high school football players are charged with sexual assaulting the girl last summer. the alleged attack took place at several parties over the course of a night and were well-documented by students who were there. the defense attorney for one accused teen spoke to our own susan candiotti and he claims a text message may be a crucial piece of evidence in the upcoming trial. attorney adam neeman would not show us the alleged text. the girl's attorney declined to comment on whether it was sent or not. >>> i spoke earlier with walter madison, a defense attorney for the other accused teen, malik richmond. has your client admitted to being there and admitted to being with this young woman on that night? >> well, subsequent to the photogra
on my show, colonel ellen herring, one of two women suing the pentagon for discrimination saying all the jobs should be open to everyone, men, women, the standards shouldn't be lowered, it should be one single standard. how can you help make that happen? >> well first of all, april makes ten years for me serving in the army national guard. we have women who have been serving in combat roles for a long time whether it has been under a combat title or not. if we look back to the civil war, we had women who were disguising themselves as men, so they could serve. we have in hawaii two brigades who have females who are serving in infantry units, and i think there is so much room for progress and we just need to make the connection from reality of the roles that women are already playing in our military and perception, where people don't have as close an understanding of the great contributions and sacrifices that women have been making for our country for a very long time. >> okay. >> that's what i'm excited about. i'm able to bring my own firsthand experience, my own deployments to the f
's a pleasure to be with you this morning. >>> president obama may be ready to name a new chief at the pentagon. sources tell cnn that the president is likely to nominate republican chuck hagel as defense secretary next week, former senator from nebraska who retired in 2009. the president has called hagel a patriot who is doing an outstanding job as a member of the white house intelligence advisory board. some critics have blasted hagel over a lack of support for sanctions against iran and for opposing the surge of troops in iraq under the bush administration. >> now to a possible mechlta cu from lance armstrong. "the new york times" is reporting that he is considering an admission of using performance enhancing drugs. his attorney says he is not in talks with anti-doeching agencies. >>> two new rules it says should drastically cut down the cases of food poisoning by as maniacy million cases a year. proposed rules focus on how farms here and abroad process produce and set standards on how food is handled. cdc says one out of six americans gets sick from a food-born illness every year, leading t
leon panetta about the pentagon's budget saying the military is being prepared to deal with the worst as a result of the fiscal cliff negotiations which failed to end the process known as sequestration or deep across the board spending cuts. pa n panetta said it can harm our military readiness. >>> the loop is providing good fodder for late night comedians. >> president obama nominated current white house chief of staff jack lew to be the new secretary of the treasury, his signature goes on the right side of the bill and this is jack lew's signature. before he worked at the white house he worked at hostess as a cupcake icer. >> is that your kigt or are you testing to see if the pen works? the only way that you're allowed to have that as your signature is if your name is boing boing boing boing boing. >> perhaps our future treasury secretary. >> that's so funny. thanks, john, appreciate it. >>> lance armstrong, is he going to admit to doping? he's sitting down with oprah next week, his first interview since he was stripped of his seven tour de france titles and banned for life. the rum
with that breaking news out of the white house. the president will nominate his picks for the pentagon and cia later today. already stirring up some controversy. abc's martha raddatz is in washington. >> reporter: let's start with the defense secretary. you might think a republican, vietnam veteran, former senator, with all kinds of clout would be the perfect choice. but chuck hagel will have to fight for confirmation. republican chuck hagel has one very important democrat on his side -- >> i've served with chuck hagel. i know him. he's a patriot. >> reporter: but when news broke that he'd be the pick for secretary of defense, prominent republicans, who would be a part of the confirmation, called him an in-your-face pick. >> it's difficult to imagine a circumstance in which i could support his nomination. >> it's a controversial choice. >> reporter: even conservative groups got in on the fight against hagel. >> chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> reporter: why is everyone so sour on the former republican senator? last month he had to issue an apology for comments made in 1998 about president
, this is the third time the president has had to fill an opening at the pentagon. for the second time, his choice is a republican. this time it's former senator chuck hagel, which is already touching off a big political fight. before chuck hagel can take over at the pentagon, he must be confirmed by the senate and he's already facing an uphill battle. even though democrats control the senate, nbc news has learn ed as many as 10 democratic senators could vote against hagel. public publicly, leading democrats have not expressed much support. >> i would have to study his record. >> as a republican, he may find support from his old republican colleagues to come by. >> there will be a lot of tough questions of senator hagel, but he will be treated fairly. >> reporter: he became known as a thorn in the side of republicans turning against the iraq war in 2007. >> most divisive since vietnam. >> i have served with chuck hagel. i know him. he is a patriot. >> reporter: after once referring to certain proisraeli groups as a, quote, jewish-lami. >> this is an in your face nomination from the president to th
, do my best for our country, for those i represent at the pentagon and for all our citizens. mr. president, i will always give you my honest and most informed counsel. thank you very much. >> mr. president, thank you for your very kind remarks and thank you for the trust that you've placed in me when you asked me to be acting director twice. i have had the honor of knowing and working with john brennan for the last 20 years. we have worked particularly closely the last three years. john brennan is an intelligence professional with deep experience in our business, a public servant with extraordinary dedication and a man of deep integrity. with senate confirmation, i know that he will be an outstanding director of the central intelligence agency. as the president noted, john started his career at the cia and spent nearly a quarter century. so, this is a homecoming for john. john, on behalf of the talented and dedicated men and women of cia, it is my deep honor to say, welcome home. >> . >> mr. president, it is indeed a tremendous honor to be nominated to be the director of the cen
over it at the pentagon. listen, the president is allowed to nominate whomever he wants. however, the senate is also allowed to say yes or no. if the senate wants to castigate and say no to one of their own, they are certainly welcome to do that. but i don't care if a president -- and, listen, barack obama has had republican cabinet members. george bush had democratic cabinet members. i like bipartisanship. i would like to see more of it. i think we need more diversity in the next cabinet, and so far what we're seeing is a lot of white men, but the president is allowed to pick whom he chooses, and if he chooses a former republican senator to be his next secretary of defense, the senate ought to have a hearing, investigate it, and give it an up or down vote, period. >> chip, in terms of the bipartisan appeal, do you think that is a significant factor here? do you think by doing this the president tries to rise above the rancor that exists on capitol hill? >> trying to do bipartisan support by nominating a former republican senator who balked his own party and backed the democratic
running the pentagon. it's been a rough preselection vetting process up to date. he is clearly frustrated and it now speaking out. >> mr. president, i will always give you my honest and most informed counsel. >> reporter: chuck hagel's nomination set up a tough new political fight for the white house, a fight president obama signaled he is ready to have over the plain-spoken vietnam veteran. >> his willingness to speak his mind, even if it wasn't popular, even if it defied the conventional wisdom, that's exactly the spirit i want on my national security team. >> reporter: under fire for his past statements about israel and iran, hagel is speaking out, telling his hometown newspaper the distortions about my record have been astounding, once describing pro-israeli groups about a jewish lobby, unilateral sanctions on iran, he now says there's not one shred of evidence that i'm anti-israeli, not one vote that hurt israel. and he says unilateral sanctions don't work and they just isolate the united states. republican critics, though, aren't convinced. >> he is an honorable man. he has had a re
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